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Bogota Students Help Tackle Cancer With Eli Manning In TV Commercial

Students at St. Joseph Academy in Bogota went to MetLife Stadium and filmed a commercial with Eli Manning of the New York Giants to "Tackle Kids Cancer."
Students at St. Joseph Academy in Bogota went to MetLife Stadium and filmed a commercial with Eli Manning of the New York Giants to "Tackle Kids Cancer." Photo Credit: Facebook

BOGOTA, N.J. -- Students at a Catholic school in Bogota joined others to film a commercial at MetLife Stadium with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning in an effort to fight pediatric cancer .

The students of St. Joseph Academy raised $3,000 for "Tackle Kids Cancer" with the school's student council and home school association.

"Tackle Kids Cancer" is joint effort with Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and the New York Giants. It aims to bring both awareness of pediatric cancer and raise research funds.

The students in the TV commercial included Stephanie Doyle, Ryan Doyle, Adriana Escheik, Kangela Guerrero, Aidan Lavalle, Antonello Schnipp and Jordan Lavalle.

"We all arrived at the MetLife Stadium before our 9:30 a.m. call,  excited and looking forward to this new experience," said Jordan Lavalle, the student council president.

Other groups included a Girl Scout troop, doctors and nurses, and children being treated for cancer, Lavalle said.

"We were asked to act in different scenes, each scene being done over several times until the director was satisfied. In between, we took breaks in the air conditioned MetLife 50 Club, where we were given drinks, snacks, and later, some lunch," she said.

By afternoon, more groups had arrived, including a youth soccer team, as well as high school football and softball teams.

All the groups were invited to the football field for the final shot, which was with Eli Manning, Lavalle said.

A highlight for St. Joseph's students, she said, was when they were called out to shake hands with Manning.

"He talked to us about our fundraising activities."

Click here for information about Eli's Challenge and Tackle Kids Cancer.

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